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BRICS urged to boost parliamentary cooperation
October 16, 2017, 12:11 pm

Increased parliamentary exchange can boost economic recovery, intra-BRICS trade and a greater role for emerging economies in the international financial architecture [Xinhua]

BRICS member states at a forum in the the Russian city of St. Petersburg have concluded that they want to strengthen parliamentary cooperation between them.

The parliamentary forum, chaired by China, comes on the heels of the 9th BRICS Summit held in the Chinese city of Xiamen last September.

The forum reiterated the theme of the Summit – “Strong Partnership for a Brighter Future” – which also called for increased exchanges and work between all five parliaments of the BRICS member nations.

Russia, in particular, has been pushing to move bilateral parliamentary exchanges and cooperation to a more robust mechanism which includes all five countries in a bid to safeguard shared economic, social and political strategic interests.

Zhang Ping, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, who chaired the forum believes that together as a consolidated parliamentary bloc, BRICS nations can influence international governance reforms.

The next BRICS Summit will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa next year.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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